About Big Deal Touring

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ABOUT SAM RIGHI

Sam is one of Australia’s most well known promoters. He has been in the music industry for over 30+ years.

Sam was the CEO, and ran The Harbour Agency www.theharbouragency.com from FEBRUARY 1978 TO DECEMBER 2002 . Together with Premier Artists in Melbourne, the Premier/Harbour Agencies represented the cream of Australian and New Zealand talent. Dedicated to promoting and booking the very best Australia and New Zealand have to offer, the Premier/Harbour Agencies count amongst their artists: The Angels, Baby Animals, Crowded House, Icehouse, Neil Finn, Midnight Oil, The Hoodoo Gurus, Hunters & Collectors, Paul Kelly, Chris Bailey and The Saints, Rose Tattoo, Human Nature, Split Enz, Tina Arena and Jimmy Barnes, to name a few.

The Frontier Touring Company www.frontiertouring.com.au was formed in 1979 by Michael Gudinski and Philip Jacobsen, in partnership with Frank Stivala, Sam Righi, Ray Evans, Glen Wheatley, Steve White and Michael Chugg. It was originally formed specifically to tour the new wave explosion of bands which were being ignored by established promoters. Since then, the company has toured artists in many musical genres throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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The Frontier Touring Company’s commitment to excellence has been recognized twice by its international peers, firstly in 1989 and then in 1997, when the prestigious “Performance Magazine” presented The Frontier Touring Company with the “No 1. International Touring Co. in the World” award.

The Frontier Touring Company presented the biggest concerts in the history of Australian rock music with the Guns ‘n’ Roses tour at Eastern Creek, Sydney (71,000) and Calder Park, Melbourne (66,000) in 1993. These events have been hailed as the best run, organized and most trouble-free concerts ever.

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This was followed by the completion of a five year project, Madonna’s Girlie Show Tour which was the biggest tour that Australia has ever seen, attended by over 350,000 people. Then there was Kylie Minogue who, in 2001, set the nation ablaze with her “On A Night Like This” tour when she performed to a total in excess of 200,000 people.

Globally recognized as the biggest and most successful entertainment promoter in the Southern Hemisphere, The Frontier Touring Company’s list of past achievements that remain unparalleled by any other Australian- based organization also includes: The Police, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Frank Sinatra, Lisa Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr, Billy Joel and Elton John, The Eagles, Kiss and Plant & Page to name a few. The Frontier Touring Company also remains very active on the street with hot new acts such as Eminem, Coldplay, Nickelback, P.O.D, Shaggy and Moby.

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2001 and 2002 the Austereo network invited The Frontier Touring Company to join their team in orchestrating the very successful pop festival namely Rumba which, over the 2 shows in Melbourne and Sydney, drew crowds of over 100,000 people. The international line up included Shaggy, Nelly Furtado, Craig David, Emma Bunton and Blue. Proving such a success, 2002 saw Rumba touring nationally and including New Zealand to major success. 2002 also saw the birth of its sister the M1 festival which catered for rock audiences nationally., with a stunning line up being, Garbage, Nickleback, The Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Idol, Lifehouse, Default, The Tea Party and Midnight Oil to name a few.

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The Frontier Touring Company completed the record breaking tours with artists like Kylie Minogue ‘On A Night Like This’ tour, Eminem, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Macey Gray, Moby, Ministry of Sound, the Rumba Festival and also Diana Krall and Art Garfunkel last July 2001. Sam’s involvement as General Manger of the Frontier Touring Company and The Premier Harbour Agencies ceased in December 2002.

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As part of Frontier Touring Company, Sam Righi has been involved with many acts that have toured Australia some of these include: Kylie Minouge 2001, Neil Finn, Ministry Of Sound, Spearhead, Powderfinger, Eminem, Echo and The Bunnymen, Travis, Coldplay, Nickleback 2001, Rumba 2001, Shaggy 2001, Nelly Furtado, Emma Bunton, Craig David, Blue, The Tea Party 2001, POD, Human Nature/Bardot, Concrete Blonde, Art Garfunkle, Diana Krall, Kylie Minouge 2002, M One 2002, Garbage, Nickleback 2002, Billy Idol, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Default, Simple Plan, The Tea Party 2002, Pink, Rumba 2002, DJ Sammy, Natalie Imbruglia, The Sugababes, Bon Jovi, ABS, Toya, Liberty X, Shaggy 2002, Norah Jones, Bryan Adams, Jackson Brown, Disturbed, Stone Sour, Moby, Morcheeba, David Gray, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Frank Sinatra/Liza Minelli/Sammy Davis Jr, Garbage, Guns and Roses, Madonna, Moby, Natalie Imbruglia, Page & Plant, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, The Police, Travis, Van  Halen.

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In 2003 Sam started a new company Waterfront Entertainment Group www.wfeg.com.au with Sean Pickwell combining Tour Sponsorship with International Touring, as there was a gigantic hole in the market place for this, it proved to be very successful and Waterfront is now being used by all promoters in Australia. A few tours Waterfront promoted were SHAGGY, DAVID GATES, HUMAN LEAGUE, GO WEST, KIM WYLDE, PAUL YOUNG, BELINDA CARLISLE, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, SARAH BRIGHTMAN, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND, GLORIA GAYNOR, THE VILLAGE PEOPLE, HOT CHOCOLATE, BONEY M.

 

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In 2005 Sam Righi and Michael Browning started Big Deal Artist Management Pty Ltd to focus on managing, recording, publishing, and running local venues. Michael and Sam over the years, had previously managed, or were involved with acts like, BILLY THORPE, AC/DC, INXS, NOISEWORKS, PETER WELLS, CHOIR BOYS, ROSE TATTOO, PEARLS & SWINE, HORSEHEAD, THE TEA PARTY ( AUSTRALIA ONLY ) to name a few.

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In 2006 Sam Righi started his own company Big Deal Touring Pty Ltd www.bigdealtouring.com to focus on touring International acts as well as guidance to Australian acts for consultation and advice re  recording, publishing, management, and maintains close involvement with the global entertainment industry. His experience in the actual costs and process of mounting large-scale public events is invaluable for cost-control and verification of expenses in large entertainment projects. Sam’s motto is quality not quantity.

In 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 Touring, The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra (2012 Anthony Callea, Silvie Paladino, John Foreman, Denis Walter, Greta Bradman, Roy Best ) ANDREA BOCELLI, TINA ARENA, DAVID COPPERFIELD, EVERTON FOOTBAL CLUB, PLACIDO DOMINGO, KATHERINE JENKINS, LIGABUE, THE AUSTRALIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA/KATE CEBERANO, MARK VINCENT, ANDREA BOCELLI, DELTA GOODREM, GIGI D” ALESSIO.

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